What is our fascination with wolves?
Is it perhaps some primal memory of the first domesticated animal to help with our survival in the wild?
There are many legends of the cooperation and friendship between wolves and humans…
but in western literature there is also the wolf portrayed as villain and deceiver.
More recently, as the wolf was hunted nearly to extinction,
they have become a symbol of our sustainable ecology and our need to help preserve balance.
There has never been a preservation cry as loud as the one that rose to stop the eradication of this noble creature. And now with the reintroduction of them to Yellowstone National Park, there is documented proof about the role they play in saving our rivers and the wildlife that depends on them.
“How Wolves Change Rivers”…A short 4 minute documentary! Click HERE.
Secrets of Painting Wolves…
My goal is to share some simple steps to insure your success when you try and paint a wolf.
Step 1: Mixing the right colors.
Gray comes in many shades and you need several of them to make the fur.
Mix dark and light, warm gray, blue gray and some beige to get started.
Create paintable sections in your drawing to help define the high and low lights in the coat.
Use both shades of gray in each wash for variety, place in the colors only after you cover the area to be painted with clear water.
This keeps the white of the paper showing through as highlights.
Note how the warm and cool grays are dancing together to create the illusion of fur?
Once the pale colors of the fur are created you can paint the darker back ground.
This is just the basic layers of the fur…To complete your wolves it takes many transparent layers of watercolor in grays and browns, and finally a fine brush for fur tips and whiskers to complete the illusion…but it is all started with the under-wash. the spiky quality of the fur is born in the bottom layer. This makes the final product possible!
For more information please refer to my “How to Paint a Wolf” video on You Tube.
Is there anything more important than keeping our own dreams alive?
…our dreams of freedom, authenticity and integrity?
To do so…
“Listen to the howl of the wolves, the sigh of the stars, the whisper of the wind…
and the song in your heart.”~Jenetah Walker Taylor
Wishing you a strong spirit and a never ending well of inspiration,